The Australian Government, through Australia Awards, in partnership with Fiji’s Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), has trained nearly 150 private sector employees, enhancing their business writing skills through a series of short workshops.
The collaboration between Australia Awards and FCEF was formed to build the capacity and confidence of professionals within the private sector. The training was identified as a consistent need across the private sector. It allows employees to work more effectively, ultimately leading to the organisations enhanced performance and sustainability.
From May to July 2022, these professionals who are also members of FCEF were trained in writing persuasive briefs, influential speeches, compelling reports, business processes and/or project proposals/plans – with 40% of participants attending three or more of the workshop topics.
The five workshops were designed and delivered remotely by Ethos CRS; an Australian organisation that specialises in delivering customised capacity building in communications, regulation, policy and leadership.
Upon completion of the training program, participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive with 100 per cent stating that they found the concepts clear, relevant and applicable to their work, they were engaged and interested throughout the workshop and they would recommend the workshop to their colleagues.
Total Energies employee Susan Miller, who attended two of the workshops said:
“The training gave me the opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills in writing reports and effective business processes.
My current role requires me to write reports and work procedures, therefore the added knowledge will create organisational efficiencies.
Thank you, Australia Awards, for partnering with FCEF to offer a training that was practical and engaging.”
Westpac Employee, Fareena Chanel, stated:
“This is the first virtual session which I thoroughly enjoyed! Loved the workshop so much, very informative and really enhanced my skills in writing.”
FCEF Chief Executive Officer, Kameli Batiwati stated:
“I would like to sincerely thank Australia Awards for allowing Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation to be part of the series of one-day workshops.
The participants consisted of a cross-section of private sector members which represented various industries. The workshops enriched the participants with not only a refresher, but also provided them with an insight on innovative ways of writing workplace documents and upskilling the participants in the process.
Australia Awards and Ethos CRS have done a great job in enriching the participants with this workshop.”